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    Hello, I've just started running (used to play football) as a way to got myself in shape, and was wondering what sort of distance/time is a good level to reach/train for? Right now I'm doing 3.75 km in 20 min.
    Is that a god time?

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    Re: Running

    Errrr, no, for a god its very slow.

    0 would be a god time

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    Re: Running

    Quote Originally Posted by g8ina View Post
    Errrr, no, for a god its very slow.
    "Godspeed"
    "What speed is that?"
    "You know, about 70 - under the speed limit..."
    "So, go slow?"
    "No, God speed! Zoooom!"

    with apologies to Eddie Izzard

    On a more serious note: a) I'll have to translate to miles to make it make sense; b) that's about 2 1/4 miles? So less then 10 minutes a mile, which is a reasonable speed (IMO, anyway). Ultimately though, it's up to you to decide what speed is acceptable - are you running because you want to get fast, or just because you want to stay in shape? Do you want to get to club athlete standard? Do you want to start competing? Do you want to be able to run longer distances, or faster times? Really you need to decide those things, then start planning a training regime that will get you where you want to be.

    Personally it'd take me a while to get to the point you're already at (last time I tried running (for charity) I did 1mile and clocked around 8m 40s, which I was over the moon with ). Then again, I bike a lot and can probably turn out distances and times that a lot of people my age, weight and condition wouldn't even aspire to. So it's all very individual.

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    Re: Running

    Well it all really depends. I'm the wrong side of overweight at 15st 3, and 6 ft 2. I can crank out 5k in about 25 mins, but I wouldn't really classify myself as particularly fit - I came in the bottom 10% of my 1/2 ironman this year.

    If you're running for fitness, probably 10k is a good balance between time and distance.

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    Re: Running

    Well, i was thinking of it in terms of a workout, say 3 times a week an an hour maximum. Im guessing 10k is what i should be aiming for in that case?
    Im a bit over weight as well, 90kg 5ft 10in but im not way out of shape just out of regular exercise.

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    Re: Running

    If you can do 10k in an hour you're probably doing OK. If you're doing it a lot, you might want to think about doing at least part of it off road. Your joints will thank you for it!

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    Re: Running

    Yeah I've got a park near my place so it will be a bit boring as far as the view is concerned, running in circles and all...

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    Re: Running

    You can always go and join up with Park Run. Virtually guaranteed to have one near you. Free, and can check how you're doing compared to others.

    http://www.parkrun.org.uk/

    Also, with running, it helps to have two things:

    1) friends to run with

    2) a goal e.g. a race

    They provide motivation, encouragement, discipline etc. Can't emphasise this enough.

    Also, understand that you can run virtually any distance, but not immediately. It takes time to build up your strength, stamina and speed, and your joints/muscles need time to adjust.

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    Re: Running

    Quote Originally Posted by fuddam View Post
    Also, with running, it helps to have two things:

    1) friends to run with
    Or audiobooks. For longer distances they help me zone out a bit. Music tends to make me run faster.

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    Re: Running

    To give you some idea, a good time for a 10k for someone who is young and fit would be around 40-45 minutes. Something to work up to!

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    Re: Running

    Quote Originally Posted by sam i am View Post
    To give you some idea, a good time for a 10k for someone who is young and fit would be around 40-45 minutes. Something to work up to!
    Cheers for that... Just started running again and hit 30 mins on the nose for 5k this morning, managed 10k in about 55 mins a few years back. Hitting the local Park Run on Saturday though
    Quote Originally Posted by OilSheikh View Post
    You do realize that when I say things like that I don't mean it literally or what can be backed by stats.

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    Re: Running

    Quote Originally Posted by Splash View Post
    Cheers for that... Just started running again and hit 30 mins on the nose for 5k this morning, managed 10k in about 55 mins a few years back. Hitting the local Park Run on Saturday though
    Your never going to hit your target on your first go. Just keep at it, even i you only improve by seconds, its still an improvement

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    Re: Running

    Quote Originally Posted by Splash View Post
    Cheers for that... Just started running again and hit 30 mins on the nose for 5k this morning, managed 10k in about 55 mins a few years back. Hitting the local Park Run on Saturday though
    I'm not some expert - my PB is around 44mins (started at around 55mins for my first 10k race). Friends of mine run 35-36min 10ks! I'll never be that speed. Just make sure to stretch your calves & shins after running. When I first started I had real problems with shin splints. If you stretch loads afterwards you can avoid it!

    Enjoy it. I kept my motivation up by rewarding myself with new running gear fairly often, like cheap running vests and stuff. Kept my motivation up. Running is awesome.

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    Re: Running

    Oh I know (and thanks for the encouragement)
    Quote Originally Posted by OilSheikh View Post
    You do realize that when I say things like that I don't mean it literally or what can be backed by stats.

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    Re: Running

    We had a challenge at work to do 2.2km in 8 mins. Thats really quite difficult to do

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    Re: Running

    Quote Originally Posted by b0redom View Post
    Well it all really depends. I'm the wrong side of overweight at 15st 3, and 6 ft 2. I can crank out 5k in about 25 mins, but I wouldn't really classify myself as particularly fit - I came in the bottom 10% of my 1/2 ironman this year.

    If you're running for fitness, probably 10k is a good balance between time and distance.
    Well at least you did a half iron man, no shame in that.

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